Alex is currently on secondment to the international arbitration team of a leading law firm in Dubai. In this role, Alex works as lead counsel on a number of multi-million dollar commercial arbitrations, with an emphasis on complex construction disputes throughout the Middle East. His cases involve a number of high-profile property development projects, and his clients include major building contractors and developers in the Dubai construction sector. His work includes advising on complex jurisdictional and procedural issues within the arbitration process, including enforcement of awards.
Before Alex commenced his secondment, he had a busy court and paperwork practice, covering a range of civil and common law matters, though increasingly with a focus on commercial and contractual disputes, and property litigation.
Alex represents clients in a wide range of commercial and general contractual disputes, acting for individuals, companies and partnerships, including in contentious chancery cases, TOLATA cases, Consumer Credit Act (CCA) and Consumer Rights Act (CRA) claims and interlocutory matters, appearing in both Multi-Track (MT) and Fast-Track (FT) trials concerning such matters. He also regularly advises and drafts pleadings in such cases, including on misrepresentation, interpretation of contracts, construction, CRA claims, sale of goods/services, agency and cases concerning Trading Standards.
Alex also accepts instructions in personal and commercial insolvency. He has appeared in the Companies Court and in winding up petitions. He has experience in bankruptcy petitions, applications under the Insolvency Act/Companies Act, charging orders and orders for sale, as well as cases concerning commercial and personal debt recovery, including applications for committal. He also has experience drafting and advising in these areas.
During his pupillage Alex worked for 5 months in-house on a multi-million Euro commercial case (Al Nehayan v Kent  EWHC 333 (Comm)) concerning a complex contractual dispute between an Emirati Royal and a Greek businessman following the failure of a joint business venture. Alex’s work included assisting with a range of commercial litigation issues, including specific disclosure, preparation of witness statements, amending statements of case and dealing with the significant volume of correspondence and procedural points raised by the opponents, who were aggressive litigators. The work also included the use of sophisticated electronic disclosure platforms and bundle preparation software.
Alex recently assisted the Government Legal Service with the Grenfell Inquiry. This included working with the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.
Alex Burrell, ‘5 tips for relief in small claims trials’ – itsalawyerslife.com